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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Fire Danger Day Across Wide Area- Be Aware!

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • State Climatologist Gary McManus says Increased Frequency of Extreme Weather on the Horizon- PLUS Fire Danger Details

  • Producers Have Until 3/15 to Enroll in USDA’s Key Commodity Safety Net Programs for 2024

  • R.A. Brown’s Tucker Brown Advocates for Beef Industry as a Trailblazer

  • Ogallala Aquifer’s Future to be Discussed March 18-19 in Liberal, Kansas

  • End of February Winter Wheat Crop Ratings Look Promising for 2024 Crop Year

  • The Growing Role of the U.S. Feedlot Industry

  • OCIA’s Robert Calhoun Discusses Fundamentals of Seed Transfer and More

  • Quartermaster Creek 20th Annual Spring Bull Sale Coming Up February 28

State Climatologist Gary McManus says Increased Frequency of Extreme Weather Conditions is on the Horizon

At the 2024 American Farmers and Ranchers Convention in Oklahoma City, Associate Farm Editor Reagan Calk had the chance to visit with State Climatologist Gary McManus about recent weather patterns and a weather outlook.

Due to above-normal temperatures lately, McManus mentioned the chance of a false spring.

“That is what you worry about when you get this above-normal temperature regime setting in, and then in March or early April, even, you get this big-time freeze event, and then, of course, that does a lot of damage to the wheat crop, it does a lot of damage to our orchards and things of that nature,” McManus said. “It is something to keep an eye on.”

McManus said El Nino is expected to fade out by the summer, then La Nina is expected to form quickly.

“We will just have to wait and see on the strength,” McManus said. “Strength does matter with La Nina, of course, as it does with El Nino.”

McManus said this event will certainly tilt the odds towards more drought if there is another full year of La Nina.

As for TODAY- it's all about Fire Danger across the Region. Red Flag and/or Fire Weather Warnings stretch from the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles all across the body of Oklahoma and into western Arkansas. Click here for the latest situation report from the Oklahoma Dept of Ag- and click here for a regional map showing where fires are burning across the southern plains(from the Oklahoman)

We are looking for 70s and 80s today- then the cold front headed our way will drop temps 30 to 40 degrees before we have another warm up by this coming weekend. It's a hold onto your hat kind of a day!

Click here to read more and listen to Gary McManus share his predictions for extreme weather in the future.

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Agricultural Producers Have Until March 15 to Enroll in USDA’s Key Commodity Safety Net Programs for the 2024 Crop Year

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2024 crop year have until March 15, 2024, to revise elections and sign contracts. Both safety net programs, delivered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provide vital income support to farmers who experience substantial declines in crop prices or revenues for the 2024 crop year. In Oklahoma producers have completed 23,292 contracts to date, representing 49% of the more than 47,000 expected contracts.     

“Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs provide excellent risk protection, for market declines, at no cost to the producer. While we always hope for strong markets, anyone involved in production agriculture knows, the only thing certain is uncertainty,” said Steve Kouplen, State Executive Director for FSA in Oklahoma. "Many producers may be holding off on making your program elections pending planting decisions or maybe you’re working with a local advisor to consider how changes in the effective reference price might impact your election decisions. Please contact your local FSA county office as soon as possible to set an appointment so you’re on the books well in advance of the March 15 deadline.”   

Click here to read more about the USDA's Key Commodity Safety Net Programs.

R.A. Brown’s Tucker Brown Advocates for Beef Industry as a Trailblazer

At the 2024 CattleCon held in Orlando, Florida, I had the chance to talk with beef advocate and sixth-generation cattle rancher from Throckmorton, Texas, Tucker Brown.

Our coverage from the 2024 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Orlando is being powered by Farm Data Services of Stillwater.

Brown is part of the second group of Trailblazers, a program developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, that takes advocacy to an unprecedented level by giving participants the tools and training they need to promote beef to new audiences while addressing and correcting myths. 

“Really, what I see it as is a response team,” Brown said. “A response team for the beef industry, for NCBA, and for the cattle industry as a whole for when there are questions for the consumers, we have a team ready to answer that and to be able to reach the number of people we can reach quickly.”

As social media plays a large role in promoting and defending beef to various audiences, Brown said part of the program includes social media training to teach participants how to post and use the correct terminology.

Click here to read more and listen to my conversation with Tucker Brown. 
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Ogallala Aquifer’s Future to be Discussed March 18-19 in Liberal, Kansas

A proverbial Who’s Who of water management is expected for the 2024 Ogallala Aquifer Summit, set for March 18-19 in Liberal, Kansas.

The conference marks the third time that a group of water specialists, users, regulators and others from eight states will gather to discuss the condition of the mighty Ogallala, a vast underground reservoir that covers 174,000 square miles and touches parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

The Ogallala Aquifer is critical to the economies of the regions it touches. It is estimated that 95% of groundwater pumped from the aquifer each year is for irrigated agriculture, though it also supports livestock and municipal needs. The aquifer supports approximately $35 billion in crop production.

But the Ogallala Aquifer is rapidly depleting; some estimates indicate that in 50 years, 70% of the aquifer will be depleted.

Click here to read more about the 2024 Ogallala Aquifer Summit.

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Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop Condition Ratings Look Promising for End of February

According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report released on February 26th, winter wheat conditions rated 70 percent good to excellent, 24 percent fair, and 6 percent poor to very poor. The January summary for winter wheat in Oklahoma showed the crop at 63% good to excellent.

In Kansas this week- the 2024 wheat crop stands at 57% good to excellent- that's versus 54% good to excellent a month ago.

In Texas- the 2024 wheat crop is now at 46% good to excellent

Pasture and range conditions in Oklahoma rated 29 percent good to excellent, 51 percent fair, and 20 percent poor to very poor. In January- pasture/range ratings were at 31% good to excellent.

The Texas Pasture and Range conditions for this week are at 20% good to excellent.

Regular weekly crop progress reports begin officially next week.

Picture above is from Brian Arnall @OSU_NPK on X- a field he was measuring mid February with a N-Rich Wheat Strip.

The Growing Role of the U.S. Feedlot Industry

Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry as part of the weekly series known as the “Cow Calf Corner,” published electronically by Dr. Peel and Mark Johnson. Today, Dr. Peel talks about the latest Cattle on Feed report.

The latest Cattle on Feed report pegged the February 1 feedlot inventory at 11.8 million head, just fractionally above year ago levels. Feedlot inventories are declining after rising above year-earlier levels last October. Feedlot placements in January were 92.5 percent of last year, above the pre-report average estimate but within the range of estimates by some analysts. Some analysts were expecting a larger negative impact on placements from the winter storms in January. January marketings were even with one year ago. 

The February Cattle on Feed report also includes a summary of 2023 final feedlot numbers and feedlot industry structure. Total feedlot capacity was reported at 17.1 million head, up from 16.5 million head in 2000. Feedlot capacity as a percent of total cattle inventories has increased over the past 25 years to a record level of 19.6 percent in 2024 (Figure 1). On average feedlot inventories have averaged about 83 percent of total feedlot capacity over the past 25 years. Feedlot capacity utilization is lower during cyclical expansions and higher during liquidation periods. For example, during herd expansion from 2014-2017, average feedlot inventories were 76.3 percent of capacity, while during herd liquidation from 2020-2024, January feedlot inventories were an average of 84.8 percent of total feedlot capacity.

Click here to read more about Dr. Peel's insight on the latest Cattle on Feed report.

OCIA’s Robert Calhoun Discusses Fundamentals of Seed Transfer and More

At the OCIA/OGI Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Farm Reporter Maci Carter had the chance to visit with the Executive Director of Oklahoma Crop Improvement, Robert Calhoun. Carter and Calhoun talk about seed transfer, the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association, and more.

“A seed transfer is the movement of a certified seed class from a grower to an approved retail facility that can, in turn, resell that seed to an end-user, to one of our farmers,” Calhoun said.

Certified seed is a premium product of seed varieties that are protected through the Plant Protection Act. Because of this, Calhoun said these varieties must be handled in a certain way.

“When we move the seed, we need to make sure that it is going to someone that is an approved facility to handle that seed, and they know how to properly take care of it and reduce any type of chances for contamination,” Calhoun said. “One of the things they need to have is a transfer form. This is the official documentation that will follow the seed to the location so that the seed is documented and accounted for.”

To partake in this program, Calhoun said organizations must be members of the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association.

Click here to read more and listen to Robert Calhoun discuss the fundamentals of seed transfer.

Quartermaster Creek 20th Annual Spring Bull Sale Coming Up February 28

The Quartermaster Creek 20th Annual Spring Bull Sale is coming up on February 28th in Leedey, Oklahoma. There will be 157 two-year old bulls for sale and some commercial females.

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.18 and Select Beef was up $1.68 on Monday, 2/26/2024.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards had 11,400 head on Monday, February 26, 2024

Compared to last week: Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher, over 850 lbs up to 5.00 higher. Feeder heifers 2.00-4.00 higher. Steer and heifer calves mostly steady. Demand very good for all classes. Last Friday's Cattle on Feed report somewhat of a disappointment as January placements came in some 5-6 percent above the the estimate. Live cattle futures traded back in the green while feeder futures closed lower. Quality average to attractive, but several cattle coming off wheat in medium to fleshy conditions. Spring like temperatures Monday and Tuesday, but we will quickly be reminded it is still winter come Wednesday with temps back in the 40's. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (59% Steers, 39% Heifers, 2% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 67%.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 02/26/2024

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 12,173 head for Monday February 26th.

Compared to last week feeder steers under 625 lbs. sold 3.00-12.00 higher with some 4 weight steers selling 20.00 higher. Heavier weights sold steady to 2.00 higher. Feeder heifers under 625 lbs. sold 7.00-14.00 higher with heavier weights steady to 3.00 higher. Supply was heavy with very good demand. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (52% Steers, 46% Heifers, 2% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 61%.

Click on the button below for details of the trade as compiled by the USDA Market News Service.

Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 02/26/2024
OKC West in El Reno Cow and Bull Market Report from 02/26/2024- Cows were $3 to $6 Higher
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Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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